Lessons from Senior High

Throughout its successful run, Kapamilya series Senior High has changed the teen soap genre by going for a more aggressive narrative, boldly stepping up as a catalyst in opening our eyes to real teenage issues that are often kept under wraps or talked about in hushed voices.

The dark coming-of-age drama broke barriers so that the characters – the Northford High students and people around them – could put refreshing, eye-opening twists to typical teenage tropes and provide the viewers with important lessons along the way.

Here, we listed down our takeaways from “Senior High”.

You have a voice, and you are meant to use it

After staying quiet in a corner just watching biases and errors unfold around the campus, Sanya (Gela Atayde) decides she’s had it when Gino (Juan Karlos Labajo)’s friends, Z (Daniela Stranner) and Archie (Elijah Canlas), ordered Kenjie (Tommy Alejandrino) to implicate Sky (Andrea Brillantes) in a cheating scandal. She reports the truth to the school administrators, eaten up by guilt after Sky got punished for a mistake she didn’t commit.

When your inner voice tells you what is right from wrong, listen to it and proudly wear your morals and integrity.

Stop caring about what other people think

When a piece of evidence revealed that Luna (Andrea Brillantes) was pregnant when she died, her mother, Tanya (Angel Aquino), focused on feelings of shame and guilt. She thought that filing charges against the possible perpetrators would only drag Luna’s name into further mess and judgment. But, Luna’s twin sister Sky didn’t let people’s opinion get to her fight for justice. In a powerful monologue, she enlightened her mom, and us, viewers, to let go of people’s unnecessary comments.

Walang ambag sa buhay natin ‘yung ibang btao. Kaya wala silang karapatan para husgahan tayo,” she underscored.

You’re only young once, so pursue your passion

Young political scion Gino (Juan Karlos Labajo) is being groomed to follow in his grandpa and dad’s footsteps. However, music, and never politics, makes him happy. Should you resign to what the crowd dictates or should you persevere nonetheless? Gino teaches us that a person who is deprived of pursuing his passion doesn’t truly feel alive.

Keeping it real will set you free

After grappling with his confusing feelings and fear of coming out, Tim (Zaijian Jaranilla) finally took the courage to accept that he is gay and in love with Poch (Miggy Jimenez). The reawakening felt liberating, despite the uncomfortable part he had and still has to go through. Maybe not everyone is going to accept you, but that’s okay because those who truly love you will understand.


It’s okay to ask for help

When problems arise, Sky’s squad knows that they can rely on each other for help. We fell in love with their team spirit when they helped raise funds for Sky’s tuition fee, teaching us that friends need each other to work in coming up with solutions.

So, what’s stopping you from asking for help? Kill the stubborn belief that it will make you weak or look like a burden. When you run out of strength and ideas on how to solve a problem, know that even other people can be your source of power.

Don’t miss the Senior High “Ender To Remember,” this Friday, January 19, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, TV5, and A2Z.